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3StarKarma - The Clearing EP Review

by Dan Upton

The biggest problem I have with The Clearing EP is how incredibly little material it provides to make any sort of judgement about this DC-area 5-piece. Four tracks is pushing it anyway, unless you're talking about long multi-part epics, but The Clearing starts off with a 19 second string intro, so there are really only 3 tracks. I'm not even sure of the point of the string intro except maybe to pad the tracklist, because none of the remaining tracks involve any string arrangements or show any sort of neo/classical influences. Instead, the three actual songs are radio-friendly alt-rock tunes. The songs aren't particularly bad, they're just not particularly memorable either. Think of if Fuel and Audiovent had a jam session in the studio, and then 3StarKarma picked up the leftovers. The thing the jumps out at me most about the disc is actually one of the more creative (or ridiculous, depending on how I'm feeling at the time) rhymes I've heard recently, "Now who's the pariah?/Who do you admire?" on the track "You Said."

Right now, 3StarKarma are a pretty middle-of-the-road band that probably wouldn't make you change the station if you heard them on the radio, but neither would you want to call the DJ to find out who they were. Maybe by the time they put together a full-length disc, they'll have morphed into having a more distinctive sound, but right now it's nothing special.

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